Activity Feed Discussions Blogs Bookmarks Files

The Value of Critical Thinking | Origin: ED116

This is a general discussion forum for the following learning topic:

Critical Thinking Processes and Applications --> The Value of Critical Thinking

Post what you've learned about this topic and how you intend to apply it. Feel free to post questions and comments too.

I've learned that critical thinking is a process. It takes time to develop a strong skill and that it needs to be practiced regularly. If you don't use it you lose it.

The current generation lacks skills in critical thinkings and our society has issues.

Critical thinking needs to be introduced to young students because it becomes much more difficult to instill and instruct it in adults with little problem solving experience. Start the process in elementary school!


Millenials do not know critical thinking 

Using critical thinking is important and is a process. Unfortunately some lack criticsl thinking skills and we must tap into that to assist them.

Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking.

The idea that fire was a milestone in critical thinking is interesting

The biggest challenge with youger students is if they cannot get "instant"results to a problem most will not invest the time or effort to engage in critical thinking even after they process is explained and demenstrated to them. Too often if they just say "I don't know" someone else will will supply them with an answer.They cannot see a place or time in their future they don't have access to a electronic device "phone" or someone else to give them answers.

I feel critical thinking can be taught but it really depends on the student and what their goals are.

Show students the importance of finding facts about a situation to make a decision on what is best 



so the news is controlled by 300 people


In my profession, we often refer to critical decision making, which would imply that a person in our profession is thinking critically (and because we work in health care, thinking ethically) before making a judgment call about how to help a person reach their health goals.  This requires that we not only make decisions based on our previous knowledge and training, but also seek out the most current information based on various levels of research and study.  This allows us to base our decisions on fact and not rely so much on the potentila short-comings of our current knowledge and experience.  It also allows for an objective analysis prior to making decisions, rather than relying on emotion.  It is this process that we try to weave into teaching the students and future professionals in our field of practice.  This is typically accomplished by noting a real-life problem and seeking to find the most effective solution based upon research and evidence and then following up with outcome measures to determine if the solution was actually effective in improving people's lives.

Crictical thinking has been used since the start of early generations ( Fire) Students need to use critical thinking skills in efforts to be a btter leraner and sort out inaccurate information 


I learned about the characteristics of critical thinkers: Be informed, process information to fit our lives and personalize the information as applicable to our lives.This application can be applied in my role as a nurse educator to keep myself informed, and plan, implement the ideas or activities to fit in to enrich the students' learning experience.



Critical thinking skills are essential in education, as they are in life. They are also difficult to develop and difficult to employ. It is much easier and much quicker to use emotion to solve problems and answer questions. That is how most of us approach politics, religion, and purchasing decsisions. We need to instill in our students a desire to approach decisions objectively and to allow the knee-jerk reaction phase to pass so that problems and questions can be solved and answered from a stand point of clarity and reasoning. 

Critical thinking is very important, in every day life.

Critical thinking is very important, in every day life.

This is already shaping up to be an interesting module! I really liked and learned from the characterisitcs and steps involved in critical thinking. I'd like to introduce my intro students to these subjects and their corresponding elements, to help start them on a good track to critical thinking throughout the program, careers and lives.

Critical thinking skills is essential in everyday life and an important skill to help foster in as an instructor in an educational setting. 

Sign In to comment